Oscars.org Search Help Page

The Essentials of Search

Simply type one or more search terms (the words or phrase that best describe the information you want to find) into the search box and hit Enter on your keyboard.

In response, a results page is produced: a list of webpages related to your search terms, with the most relevant page appearing first, then the next, and so on.

Here are some basic tips to help you maximize the effectiveness of your search:

Choosing Search Terms

Choosing the right search terms is the key to finding the information you need.

Start with the obvious – if you’re looking for general information on the “Academy Awards”, try Academy Awards.

But it’s often advisable to use multiple search terms; if you’re looking for the host of the Academy Awards, you’ll do better with host Academy Awards than with either Host or Academy Awards by themselves. And 80th Academy Awards Host is likely to produce even better results.

You might also ask yourself if your search terms are sufficiently specific. It’s better to search on than on tropical island hotels. But choose your search terms carefully; Google looks for the search terms you chose, so luxury hotels Maui will probably deliver better results than really nice places to spend the night in Maui.

Capitalization

Searches are NOT case sensitive. All letters, regardless of how you type them, will be understood as lower case. For example, searches for academy awards, Academy Awards, and aCaDeMy AwArDs will all return the same results.

Automatic “and” queries

By default, only pages that include all of your search terms will be returned. There is no need to include “and” between terms. Keep in mind that the order in which the terms are typed will affect the search results. To restrict a search further, just include more terms. For example, to search for nominees and winners, simply type nominees winners.

Automatic exclusion of common words

Common words and characters such as “where” and “how”, as well as certain single digits and single letters, are ignored because they tend to slow down your search without improving the results.

If a common word is essential to getting the results you want, you can include it by putting a “+” sign in front of it. (Be sure to include a space before the “+” sign.)

Another method for doing this is conducting a phrase search, which simply means putting quotation marks around two or more words. Common words in a phrase search (e.g., “where are you”) are included in the search.

For example, to search for Star Wars, Episode I, use either search terms below:

Word Variations (stemming)

Google now uses stemming technology. Thus, when appropriate, it will search not only for your search terms, but also for words that are similar to some or all of those terms. If you search for Billy Crystal hosted Academy Awards, Google will also search for Billy Crystal host Academy Awards, and other related variations of your terms. Any variants of your terms that were searched for will be highlighted in the snippet of text accompanying each result.

Phrase searches

Sometimes you’ll only want results that include an exact phrase. In this case, simply put quotation marks around your search terms.

Phrase searches are particularly effective if you’re searching for proper names (“Douglas Fairbanks”), lyrics (“falling slowly”), or other famous phrases (“And the Oscar goes to”).